Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, a new book by Bobbi Carducci, is an honest, uplifting account of the author’s experiences in caring for her father-in-law, who suffered from schizophrenia, age-related dementia, and a host of other health issues.
Bobbi Carducci was an in-home caregiver for her father-in-law, Rodger, for seven years. During that time, Carducci learned to navigate the health care system and support Rodger through the challenges of schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, age-related dementia, dysphagia, C.O.P.D., and congestive heart failure. By sharing her experiences, she hopes to help those now caring for loved ones at home.
“You can’t be walking around here in that gown. Dispose of it properly in the waste container before leaving the patient’s room. It’s important that everyone follow the rules. I believe you’ve been here often enough to know that.”
“I know the importance of following the rules. I also know the importance of reading a patient’s chart before giving him dangerous items or food that he can’t swallow. Now find the person in charge of this floor and the patient advocate and tell them I demand to speak with them. I’ll be waiting in Mr. Carducci’s room.”
“Don’t listen to her,” Rodger said to the head nurse as soon as she entered his room. “She worries too much. Go take care of the sick people”
“What seems to be the problem here?” she asked me.
“Let’s start with the cuts on his face and neck, shall we?” I began. “Look at him. He’s a mess. Why was a patient with Parkinson’s disease, who is also on blood thinners, given a razor?”
This book needs to be given as a hospital resource in quiet a lot of cases. It has become trendy for people to talk of their person they are such a hero for taking care of or all their financial burdens, the (cruel) strategies they plan to take when the time comes and the great length to convince all around them that the right thing is being done. I am appalled at some of the caregivers/healthcare providers I have known...appalled. It seems to just be getting worse when it comes to elder and rehabilitative care in this country.
See that picture up there on the cover? THAT is the right thing...whether your loved one is in a healthcare facility or at home...THAT is the right thing. This book was a refreshing change. An elderly patient with mental illness who is taken care of and advocated for with true dignity and respect.
5+ stars...the first book I have ever rated like this since I started reviewing.
Bobbi’s book for young readers, Storee Wryter Gets a Dog, received both a Mom’s Choice Award for and a Living Now Award for Excellence. It was also named A Best Dog Book for Young Readers by Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer.
For three years she wrote a monthly book review column for About Families Publications before resigning to concentrate on writing Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver and her blog, The Imperfect Caregiver. Bobbi also writes monthly posts on caregiving for AgingCare.com and The Caregiver Space.
Bobbi serves on the Board of Directors of Pennwriters, a national writers group with over 400 members, a position she had held for eleven years. In 2014 she received the Pennwriters Meritorious Service Award in recognition of her continuing support of the organization. She was the luncheon keynote speaker at the Pennwriters Annual Conference in 2013. She serves as a judge for the annual Benjamin Franklin Book Awards.
In her capacity as Founder and Executive Director of the Young Voices Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) educational nonprofit established to mentor young writers, she created the Young Voices Awards honoring books that Inspire, Mentor and/or Educate Readers of all ages.
Bobbi Carducci lives in Round Hill, Virginia with her husband, Michael. When not writing, Bobbi enjoys the company of her family and friends, frequently inviting them to join her for a glass of wine and storytelling on the deck of her home overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. You may contact her directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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